17 Oct 2007
Pushy Mother Plots to Win Her Son the Top Spot
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 16 October 2007]
The New York City Opera has been particularly hospitable to Handel, but its productions come and go, often bursting onto the New York State Theater stage for a season and then disappearing. Its “Agrippina” was first seen in 2002, after a 2001 showing at the Glimmerglass Opera, which co-produced it. It has been scarce since then, but on Sunday afternoon Lillian Groag’s ultramodern staging returned to the repertory.